Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

War Vets' Beach Break; Surf Club Can Help Return to Civilian Life

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

War Vets' Beach Break; Surf Club Can Help Return to Civilian Life

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Byline: Nicky Moffat

WAR veterans young and old are invited to a special event at the Mooloolaba Surf Club tomorrow.

Returned and Services League Sunshine Coast president Tony Ferris said veterans were urged to reconnect and experience the sense of community and mateship many of them lose after leaving the Australian Defence Force.

The Mooloolaba Surf Club has a proud tradition of supporting veterans, particularly Vietnam War veterans, and holds a breakfast for Vietnam vets every Thursday morning.

About 9000 veterans who lived on the Coast did not have contact with the RSL, Mr Ferris said.

"We just want to let them know we're here, we're here to help and if we can, we will," he said.

"By becoming involved with local clubs and support groups, veterans begin to realise they do have a purpose and there is a network of people to rely on.

"We estimate there are 16,000 veterans living on the Sunshine Coast and grassroots organisations such as surf clubs have an important role to play in re-integrating veterans into civilian life. …

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